June 2018: Epistolary Fiction

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"An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used. .."

What stories will you find in these pages?


Ruth L Ozeki
Description: In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace--and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox--possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki's signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.
Call Number: FIC Oze
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2018
Rainbow Rowell
Description: Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail. But the women still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he'd be sifting through other people's inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can't quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can't help but be entertained and captivated by their stories. But by the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late for him to ever introduce himself. After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it's time to muster the courage to follow his heart , even if he can't see exactly where it's leading him.
Call Number: FIC Row
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2018
Zachary Thomas Dodson
Description: In 1843, fragile naturalist Zadock Thomas must leave his beloved in Chicago to deliver a secret letter to an infamous general on the front lines of the war over Texas. The fate of the volatile republic, along with Zadock's future, depends on his mission. When a cloud of bats leads him off the trail, he happens upon something impossible. Three hundred years later, the world has collapsed and the remnants of humanity cling to a strange society of paranoia. Zeke Thomas has inherited a sealed envelope from his grandfather, an esteemed senator. When that letter goes missing, Zeke engages a fomenting rebellion that could free him - if it doesn't destroy his relationship, his family legacy, and the entire republic first.
Call Number: FIC Dod
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2018
Katherine Reay
Description: When an anonymous benefactor offers to put Samantha Moore through school, with the stipulation that she write frequent letters to him on her progress, Sam finds safety in the letters as her program and her peers force her to confront her past.
Call Number: FIC Rea
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2018
Meg Cabot
Description: When Jane Harris and Cal Langdon accompany their best friends, Holly and Mark, on a planned elopement to Italy, they are forced to come to the rescue when the Italian government refuses to marry the pair without a special form.
Call Number: FIC Cab
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2018
Nick Bantock
Description: It all started with a mysterious and seemingly innocent postcard, but from that point nothing was to remain the same in the life of Griffin Moss, a quiet, solitary artist living in London. His logical, methodical world was suddenly turned upside down by a strangely exotic woman living on a tropical island thousands of miles away. Who is Sabine? How can she "see" what Griffin is painting when they have never met? Is she a long-lost twin? A clairvoyant? Or a malevolent angel? Are we witnessing the flowering of a magical relationship or a descent into madness? Inside the book, Griffin and Sabine's letters are to be found nestling in their envelopes, permitting the reader to examine the intimate correspondence of these inexplicably linked strangers
Call Number: FIC Ban
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2018
Kaui Hart Hemmings
Description: Raising Ellie as a single mom in San Francisco, Mele Bart navigates teh mommy minefields to the best of her ability. She's found her parent group - Annie, Barrett, Georgia, and Henry - who have meaningful playground conversations and complain about the parents who try too hard.
Call Number: FIC Hem
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2018
Annabel Pitcher
Description: Zoe, a teenager in Bath, England, writes letters to a death-row inmate in Texas, hoping to find comfort in sharing her guilty secret over the death of a friend with someone who can never tell her family.
Call Number: YA FIC Pit
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2018
Sylvain Neuvel
Description: "17 years ago: A girl in South Dakota falls through the earth, then wakes up dozens of feet below ground on the palm of what seems to be a giant metal hand. Today: She is a top-level physicist leading a team of people to understand exactly what that hand is, where it came from, and what it portends for humanity. A swift and spellbinding tale told almost exclusively through transcriptions of interviews conducted by a mysterious and unnamed character, this is a unique debut that describes a hunt for truth, power, and giant body parts"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Neu
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2018
Mac Lethal
Description: Hardworking Kansas City rapper Mac Lethal has a problem, and its name is Bennett. His wannabe gangsta cousin is seventeen, uses drugs and foul language, claims to be 13 percent black, and swears he speaks "da female language." (Strangely that last one sort of seems true.) But as different as they are, when Bennett and his mom lose their home, Mac’s got their backs. They’re family after all. Sure, it takes patience to live with the eternally smoked-out Bennett and the pill-popped Aunt Lily, but he can handle it.
Call Number: FIC Let
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2018
Susan Barker
Description: "Who are you? you must be wondering. I am your soulmate, your old friend, and I have come back to this city of sixteen million in search of you." So begins the first letter that falls into Wang’s lap as he flips down the visor in his taxi. The letters that follow are filled with the stories of Wang’s previous lives—from escaping a marriage to a spirit bride, to being a slave on the run from Genghis Khan, to living as a fisherman during the Opium Wars, and being a teenager on the Red Guard during the cultural revolution—bound to his mysterious “soulmate,” spanning one thousand years of betrayal and intrigue. As the letters continue to appear seemingly out of thin air, Wang becomes convinced that someone is watching him—someone who claims to have known him for over one thousand years. And with each letter, Wang feels the watcher growing closer and closer.
Call Number: FIC Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2018
Susan Rivers
Description: "When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband's three-hundred-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired in the two years he was away? To what extremes can war and violence push a woman who is left to fend for herself? Told through letters, court inquests, and journal entries, this saga, inspired by a true incident, unfolds with gripping intensity, conjuring the era with uncanny immediacy. Amid the desperation of wartime, Placidia sees the social order of her Southern homeland unravel. As she comes to understand how her own history is linked to one runaway slave, her perspective on race and family are upended."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Riv
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2018
Edgar Cantero
Description: "When twentysomething A., the European relative of the Wells family, inherits a beautiful, yet eerie, estate set deep in the woods of Point Bless, Virginia, it comes as a surprise to everyone-- including A. himself. After all, he never knew he had a "second cousin, twice removed" in America, much less that his eccentric relative had recently committed suicide by jumping out of the third floor bedroom window-- at the same age and in the same way as his father had before him . . ."--FantasticFiction.
Call Number: FIC Can
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2018
Jaclyn Moriarty
Description: Three female students from Ashbury High write to three male students from rival Brookfield High as part of a pen pal program, leading to romance, humiliation, revenge plots, and war between the schools.
Call Number: YA FIC Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2018
Lauren Myracle
Description: Chronicles, in "instant message" format, the day-to-day experiences, feelings, and plans of three friends, Zoe, Maddie, and Angela, as they begin tenth grade.
Call Number: YA FIC Myr
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2018
Priya Parmar, Emilia Fox, Clare Corbett (Narrator), Julian Rhind-Tutt, Daniel Pirrie
Description: "In 1905, Virginia and Vanessa Stephens and their brothers Thoby and Adrian moved to unfashionable, bohemian Bloomsbury. All in their twenties, orphaned and unmarried, they began holding Thursday night gatherings in their unchaperoned, unconventional drawing room. Most of the young guests in that room would become famous, breaking the old rules and blazing their own new paths. It is from Vanessa's point of view at the center of this eccentric, charmed circle of artists and intellectuals that this novel is told, with unsparing honesty about their friendships, their love affairs, and in particular her own troubled relationship with her complicated, brilliant sister Virginia"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Par
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 16, 2018
Masha Hamilton
Description: In a gamble to save her kidnapped husband’s life, Clarissa Barbery makes the best decisions she can in the dark nights of Brooklyn. Stela Sidorova, who owns a used bookstore in Ohio, writes letter after letter hoping to comprehend the loss of a son on an Afghan battlefield and to reconnect with the son who abandoned her when his brother died. And Mandy Wilkens, the mother of a gravely wounded soldier from Texas, travels to Kabul to heal wounds of several kinds.
Call Number: FIC Ham
Format: Book
Date Added: May 16, 2018
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A Tale For The Time Being
Ruth L Ozeki
FIC Oze
Texts From Bennett
Mac Lethal
FIC Let
Attachments
Rainbow Rowell
FIC Row
The Incarnations
Susan Barker
FIC Bar
Bats Of The Republic : An Illuminated Novel
Zachary Thomas Dodson
FIC Dod
The Second Mrs. Hockaday
Susan Rivers
FIC Riv
Dear Mr. Knightley : A Novel
Katherine Reay
FIC Rea
The Supernatural Enhancements : A Novel
Edgar Cantero
FIC Can
Every Boy's Got One
Meg Cabot
FIC Cab
The Year Of Secret Assignments
Jaclyn Moriarty
YA FIC Mor
Griffin & Sabine : An Extraordinary Correspondence
Nick Bantock
FIC Ban
Ttyl
Lauren Myracle
YA FIC Myr
How To Party With An Infant
Kaui Hart Hemmings
FIC Hem
Vanessa And Her Sister [Audiobook]
Priya Parmar, Emilia Fox, Clare Corbett (Narrator), Julian Rhind-Tutt, Daniel Pirrie
FIC Par
Ketchup Clouds
Annabel Pitcher
YA FIC Pit
What Changes Everything
Masha Hamilton
FIC Ham
Sleeping Giants
Sylvain Neuvel
FIC Neu